Announcing The Glider Launch & Financing!

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It’s a big day at Glider. We’ve just made two huge announcements on stage at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York City!

Without further ado:

Glider Is Launching

Today, we began sending out invites to customers on our waiting list! From publicly-traded Fortune 500’s down to small, growing businesses, we’re very excited to begin helping customers manage their contracts painlessly with Glider.

As many of you are painfully aware, most companies collaborate on contracts in massive “Reply All” email chains. It’s a process that quickly gets messy. Especially when your dealing with manager approvals, multiple document revisions, negotiations, customer approvals, and signatures.

We’re on a mission to make managing this process drop-dead simple. Users can seamlessly share documents, request manager approvals, and get signatures from people both inside and outside their company. Glider shortens the time it takes to close contracts and keeps teams working together seamlessly.

Departments that get the most value out of Glider typically deal with dozens of contracts on a monthly basis, such as Sales, Operations, Business Development, and Legal Teams.

And our second announcement:

Glider Has Raised $1 Million In Seed Financing

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve raised a $1 Million Seed Round investment to fuel our product development and team growth. Not only that, but we’ve got a set of top-notch investors on our side, including True Ventures, CrunchFund, TechStars, Portland Seed Fund, and a group of top tier angel investors.

We couldn’t be happier with the team we’re building to tackle this massive problem for companies!

If you haven’t requested access to Glider yet, hurry to sign up before the waiting list grows.

Here’s the full press release:


Glider Launches and Announces Financing at the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference

Glider Takes the Pain out of Managing Contracts, Announces $1M Seed Financing

New York, NY – April 29, 2013 – Glider, the easy way for teams to collaborate on contracts, announced today at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference that they have launched to customers and have closed $1M in financing. Glider helps companies shorten the time it takes to close contracts and keeps teams working together seamlessly. Customers can easily share documents, request approvals, and get e-signatures from people both inside and outside their companies.

The announcements came on-stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt where Glider was unveiled to the public for the very first time.

“This is a day we’ve been working towards for months,” said Eli Rubel, CEO of Glider. “From publicly-traded Fortune 500’s down to small, growing businesses, we’re very excited to begin rolling out accounts to help customers manage their contracts painlessly with Glider.”

In Glider’s second announcement of the day, the company made public the details of their recent financing, a $1 Million seed round to fuel product development and team growth. The round was led by True Ventures with participation from CrunchFund, TechStars, and Portland Seed Fund, along with angel investors.

“Glider is bringing the same transparency, visibility, and process that we have in the physical world to online workflow, a need we think is essential in today’s paperless office,” said Liz Mansfied of True Ventures. “True is thrilled to have led Glider’s seed round and congratulates them on a successful launch.”

Aside from the announcements, Rubel demonstrated the Glider product for managing the contract process. Including functionality for:
• Document requests, approvals, and e-signatures
• Custom workflows, automatic notifications, and reminders
• Version control and document comparisons

Glider’s “Contract Dashboard” analyzed and displayed the data, giving insights into the status of all the open contracts, including how many were waiting for legal, in negotiations, or out for customer signature.

“Until today, the only way for executives to get their hands on this data, was through the tedious process of emailing, calling, and asking for individual status updates throughout their organization,” said Rubel.

Rubel pointed out that the departments who get the most value out of Glider typically deal with dozens of contracts on a monthly basis, such as Sales, Operations, Business Development, and Legal Teams.

To learn more about Glider and take the pain out of the contract process, visit glider.com.

About Glider:
Glider takes the pain out of managing contracts. From publicly-traded Fortune 500′s down to small, growing businesses, Glider helps companies shorten the time it takes to close contracts and keeps teams working together seamlessly. With Glider, customers can easily share documents, request manager approvals, and get e-signatures from people both inside and outside their companies. Glider is based in Portland, Oregon and was founded in 2012 by Eli Rubel and Justin Thiele. They are alumni of TechStars and The Portland Seed Fund and have received investment from True Ventures and CrunchFund. For more information, visit http://glider.com.

About TechCrunch Disrupt:
TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013 (http://techcrunch.com/events/disrupt-ny-2013) is TechCrunch’s fourth annual conference in New York City. The format combines top thought-leader discussions with new product and company launches. Morning executive discussions debate technology-driven disruptions in many industries, while the afternoons are reserved for the Startup Battlefield, where 30 new companies will launch for the first time on stage, selected to present from more than 1000 applications received from around the world. The winning company will receive a $50,000 grand prize and the Disrupt Cup at the conclusion of the conference. The conference is April 27 – May 1, 2013 at the Manhattan Center, 311 West 34th Street (at 8th Ave.) Manhattan, NY.

Media Contact:
Justin Thiele
press@glider.com
1-800-285-5783